Organic weed control is not only possible, but you will also find with a little effort at the start, it will make your garden both a place of beauty and a safe place for you and your family to grow the bounty for your table.
I hope you find this site helpful. Two things: 1) start small. Don’t bite off more than you can keep up with.2) If you need more help check out my beginning gardener course.
Taproot – some weeds have a long center root, a bit like a carrot. It has smaller roots growing off from it. If you break off the root at or near ground level it will often just grow right back. You need to try to get the whole root out. A dandelion is a good example of this type of weed.
Bonus) One of my favorite ways to get rid of weeds at the end of the season is to let my ducks and chickens into the garden area. They will clean up all the weeds and remove many of the bugs that are overwintering to save you that headache too. All while adding a little extra fertilizer. Ducks and chickens can be great garden helpers.
While I hate weeds in my garden as much as the next guy or gal, using chemicals injures more than the weeds. The bees, worms, and beneficial bugs and microorganisms are harmed by them too. (not to mention, they are not very good for us either.)
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Poison Ivy is the toughest of all. I’ve written 2 posts about it that I think you will find helpful.https://www.lifeisjustducky.com/poison-ivy-removal/ and another one https://www.lifeisjustducky.com/how-to-identify-and-treat-poison-ivy/ I really hope these will help. The short answer is, yes, keeping sunlight from getting to it will be helpful, but it takes a long time and poison ivy will send runners underground a long way. Good luck.
You make it sound so easy. Lol.
Young weeds go down much easier than older ones, so make the most of good weeding conditions. Photo: Michelle Gervais
2. Mulch, mulch, mulch
Don’t give weeds the chance to see the light. Whether you choose wood chips, bark nuggets, straw, or even pine needles, keep the mulch coming to smother out weeds. Photo: Michelle Gervais
1. Let sleeping weeds lie
Most spacing recommendations, however, are based on the assumption that adjoining plants will barely touch when they reach mature size, so stick with the guidelines when working with plants that are prone to foliar diseases, such as bee balms (Monarda didyma and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 4–9) and phloxes (Phlox paniculata and cvs., Zones 4–8).